The potential of this tea was too much for me to ignore so I thought I’d try again. This time I used twice the leaf. I also increased the steep time a tiny bit but that was totally by accident and I’m kind of guesstimating as to how much over I went.
The cup is much darker this time and a little murky looking but nothing too disturbing. The smell is very similar but a little thicker. Perhaps a bit of a woodsy custard this time? Again, smells a lot like Marco Polo with a custard note as it begins to cool.
Okay, I don’t get it. Maybe my taste buds are broken. TWICE the leaf and I’m still like, “Okay, so where’s the flavor?” Yes, yes, there is some flavor but I feel like I should be knocked over with flavor and instead I have the urge to close my eyes and concentrate to actually taste what is going on. And what is going on? Mostly custard with a hint of slightly under ripe berry and then, at the very end, a twinge of too much concentrated rooibos. I tried to slurp to see if that helps and oh dear goodness, stop. Let’s not do that ever again. If rubbing alcohol were raspberry perfume flavored, that would be a slurp of this tea. Faint though it is, the custard is mucho mas better.
Bottom line: a very soft tea with hordes of exciting potential but ultimately it falls short. It’s not a bad tea, just disappointing.